Getting Fit Should Be About Being More – Not Less

When we think of getting fit, we think about shedding weight. We think about shedding pant sizes. We think about shedding inches, or clothes to show more skin. What we need to think about, is gain.

Gain confidence. Gain self appreciation. Gain discipline, strength, and muscle. Getting fit needs to mean gaining something. What’s one way to gain? Strength and weight training.

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Everything You Need to Know About Muscle

Learning the basics of muscle development can help you to reach your health and fitness goals.

Types of Muscle Fibers

We have two main types of muscle fibers in our skeletal muscles, Type 1, or slow-twitch, and Type 2, or fast twitch. The Type 2 are further separated into Type 2a, and Type 2b, and depending on your goals, your training methods will affect, to some extent, your results. Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Muscle

7 Important Tips for Resistance Training

By Alex Oldakowski, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-West Brookfield

Resistance training is an important aspect of any workout regimen, but there are a few things you need to remember in order to reap all its benefits. If you don’t keep these tips in mind, you may not see any progress, or worse, get injured. So, read on to see if you have been forgetting something important all along! Continue reading 7 Important Tips for Resistance Training

Everyday Exercises Anyone Can Do: Pushup Variations

By Jordan Meyer, Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor at Elite Sports Club-North Shore

Pushups are a staple of all different kinds of exercise routines, and rightfully so. The benefits you receive from them go well beyond just your chest and triceps; they also work your core, shoulders, legs, and back when done properly. You can add pushups to your current routine for a little variety or, if you already have them in your routine, you can try different variations to challenge yourself even more. If you have enough room to lay down, you have enough room to get a solid chest workout! Continue reading Everyday Exercises Anyone Can Do: Pushup Variations

Developing Strong and Shapely Legs

By Melissa Abramovich, Certified Personal Trainer at Elite Sports Club-River Glen

For me, strength and functionality are everything when it comes to any body part, but I realize people also want to work on appearance. Strong and shapely legs are both functional, and (hopefully) beautiful. Many women worry about getting too bulky, and some work too much or too little on the areas they see as an issue for them. A balanced approach is best, combining exercises that aid strength and function, while also correcting muscular imbalances. Continue reading Developing Strong and Shapely Legs